Following the Fall of France and the surrender of Paris on 14 June 1940, the British Government announced that the Channel Islands had no strategic importance and would not be defended. The Germans occupied the islands from the end of June onwards and remained in control until the end of the war. On 10 October 1941 Hitler announced his intention to 'convert them into an impregnable fortress', and the islands formed the most heavily fortified and defended section of the entire Atlantic Wall. This book describes the design, construction and manning of these defensive positions, as well as considering more widely the occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans.
About the Author
Charles Stephenson has been bracketed amongst 'the world's leading maritime historians' (Edward M. Furgol, The Navy Museum, Washington DC, writing in the International Journal of Maritime History, Volume XV, Number 1 (June 2003)). This is his third book for Osprey and second in the Fortress series. He has recently completed a book on 19th-century chemical warfare: 'The Secret War Plans of Lord Dundonald: Conceiving Weapons of Mass Destruction 1811-1914'. Originally from North Wales he is now based in Cheshire, UK.
"All...told in a competent and interesting way by author Charles Stephenson. I found it fascinating as the Channel Islands are not what one normally thinks of when thinking about WWII... The illustrations of Chris Taylor are absolutely superb and along with his maps, give one a real sense of how intensive the fortifications really were... A truly interesting book on a sidelight of the war. One I found engrossing and I'm sure you will as well." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com